The Blue Note Presents
Have Gun, Will Travel
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Watch & Listen
Railroad Earth's music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. They can jam with the best of them, but they're not a jam band. They're bluegrass influenced, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). RRE bristles about being lumped into any one "scene." Not out of animosity for any other artists: it's just that they don't find the labels very useful. According to fiddle player Tim Carbone, "We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we're definitely not a bluegrass band – so that doesn't fit. And I think the term 'jam band' probably refers more to the fans than to the band. I think these fans just like live music." When the band does elect to "comment" on a song via an extended improvisation, they really cook – and have received the approval of no less than Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh, who knows a thing or two about jamming.
Amen Corner (SCI Fidelity Records, June 2008), the band's fourth studio album, was written and recorded in the winter of 2007 at Sheaffer's 300-year old farmhouse in the rural New Jersey countryside. Compared to the sterility and stress of a commercial studio—where the cost-clock ticks and the pressure of performing under a budget looms large—recording at home is like heaven on earth… and Amen Corner captures that feeling from beginning to end. "Normally," Sheaffer explains, "you come home after six weeks on the road and jump into the studio, all frazzled because you don't have much left in the tank. This time I feel like we've invited our friends into our living room and that's basically how we recorded it." Amen Corner may be the early creative pinnacle of a gifted young band, and has all the makings of an Americana classic. It's a collection of crisp and crafted Americana and acoustic roots sides that resonate in all the right places.
"Even in the new millenium, Railroad Earth's instantly classic sounding songs and timeless vocals could sound at home in any generation."
(Felton Pruitt - XM Satellite Radio)
Have Gun, Will Travel
Florida's multiple Best of the Bay-winning Americana makers HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. "Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains" remarked NPR's Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT's music "organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it."
HGWT's music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; a GTE Federal Credit Union TV and radio ad campaign; and an episode of CBS's The Good Wife. Their albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart and ranked as high as No. 3 on WMNF 88.5 Tampa's list of most-played albums.
HGWT's live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. "Matt Burke & co. have what it takes to win over any crowd" - Suburban Apologist
The band's fourth full-length album "Fiction, Fact or Folktale?" was released in September 2013 on This Is American Music.
$20.00 - $35.00
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